This is the End
Most days are too harsh, and most days are too dark,
and most hours are trundling along through a void,
while the moons fade away, barely leaving a ray,
and proud cities, piled up to the clouds, are destroyed.
Yet all will be well, yes, it yet will be well,
and all manner of things will be well in the end,
when in fathomless bliss like a fathomless kiss
all the stars, all the spirits will brighten and blend.
Christina Egan © 2004
Lines five and six are a quote from Sister Julian of Norwich,
an English hermit and mystic who lived six hundred years ago.
In Advent, which this year starts today, Christians also think of
the inevitable and terrifying end of the world.
The Tower of Jericho, around 9,000 years old. Photograph:
Reinhard Dietrich (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons.